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Classical Guitars
by
Fritz Mueller



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Ordering an Instrument


1. Place your name on my building list. This is the most common way to purchase an instrument, and you will be able to have the guitar built to your specifications. Base price is $7,500.00 US dollars. Current waiting time is approximately 6 to 8 months (January, 2016).

2. Alternately, purchase a guitar from the available page on this website. I offer a few guitars each year in this way. These are new guitars, not seconds, built specially for sale on the web. There is no waiting list for these instruments. They are available for purchase immediately. Prices will vary depending on the design and included options.



#291 - cedar doubletop with ziricote back and sides #291 - cedar doubletop with ziricote back and sides




My doubletop classical guitars are tailored to the individual player. Body size and shape typically remain the same from instrument to instrument, but woods, neck dimensions, and other custom features are chosen to meet the needs of the customer.

See the instruments page for a discussion of the standard model.

See the specifications page for the dimensions of a typical instrument.

See the features page for details about the many available options.

Please contact me to discuss your requirements.



Standard Model

  • Soundboard:   doubletop construction -- your choice of Engelmann spruce, European spruce, or western red cedar.
  • Back and sides:   your choice of wenge, Indian rosewood, bigleaf or European maple. Alternate woods -- cocobolo, ziricote, macassar ebony, mango, and others -- are also available. Write for information and prices.
  • Neck:   Spanish cedar.
  • Bridge:   Brazilian rosewood.
  • Fingerboard:   elevated fingerboard of ebony.
  • Finish:   French-polished shellac on the soundboard; lacquer on back, sides, and neck; oil on fingerboard and bridge.

          $7,500.00 US funds (January, 2016)
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Included in the standard model

  • Doubletop in cedar or spruce.
  • Choice of woods for back and sides.
  • Choice of woods for bindings.
  • Customized neck dimensions and scale length.
  • Elevated fingerboard.
  • 20th fret for treble strings.
  • 12-hole tie-block on bridge.
  • Handmade rosette.
  • Finish: French polish shellac on top; lacquer on back and sides; oil on neck.
  • Tuners: Sloane or other basic tuning machines.
  • Hiscox LiteFlite Pro case.
  • One-year warranty.
  • Maintenance instructions and supplies.



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Custom options

  • Alternate scale lengths: 64 cm; 63 cm; others. Short scales are a specialty.
  • Custom neck width, thickness, and cross-section.
  • Custom string spacing at nut and bridge.
  • Position markers on edge of fingerboard.
  • Choice of woods for top, back, sides, and bindings.



Five backs - cocobolo, macassar ebony, ziricote, Indian rosewood, bigleaf maple (unstained)



Options at additional cost

  • Graf tuners (basic set): $500.00 USD (decorative sets may cost more).
  • Tailblock access panel: $500.00 USD.
  • Ryan-style bevel armrest on top: $500.00 USD.
  • Ryan-style bevel on back: $250.00-500.00 USD (inquire).
  • Acoustic port: $250.00 USD.
  • Cutaway: $500.00 USD.
  • Pickup: $250.00 USD (LRBaggs Lyric Classical).
  • French polish entire instrument: $250.00 USD.
  • Eight strings: $1500.00 USD (2 additional bass strings; or 1 bass and 1 treble; Graf tuners).
  • Hiscox Artist case: $250.00 USD.
  • Exotic or special woods: Inquire.
  • Other special features or customization: Inquire.
  • Shipping charges are in addition to the above.



Other available accessories

  • Custom Graf tuners. Graf tuners are currently the best in the world. They are available in a wide array of beautiful designs and details. Visit the Graf website (www.graftuners.com) for examples and contact me for current prices.



#295 - Ryan-style bevel in ebony.  Macassar back and sides.



Waiting list

A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 USD puts you on the building list with an estimated delivery date. The current waiting period (January, 2016) is approximately 6 to 8 months.

Note that I also sell a few instruments each year that were not made with a particular customer in mind -- no waiting period! Please see the available page for details, or inquire. Prices vary for these guitars, depending on the design and included options. There is no waiting list for these "available now" instruments.



Payment policy

  • At time of order: non-refundable deposit of $500.00 USD.
  • At completion of body: half of balance owing.
  • At completion of neck, finishwork, and voicing: remainder of balance owing.
  • Payment in full is required before delivery.

Should an instrument prove unsuitable, it can be returned within 7 days of receipt. Payment, less an allowance for shipping, and not including the deposit, will be quickly refunded. Guitars with unusual custom work may need to be resold before payment can be refunded.

All prices are given in US dollars. Payments may be by cash, money order, certified bank draft, wire transfer, or via Paypal. Add 3% for Paypal payments.

Note: All prices shown are correct as of January, 2016. Please write for a current pricelist.



Shipping

All guitars are shipped via courier, usually Fedex. Shipping times in Canada are typically 3 to 5 days. Shipment from Canada to the US typically takes one week. I handle all customs and brokerage details and prepay the freight and insurance.

Guitars are shipped in their cases, which in turn are carefully packed in heavily-constructed shipping cartons.

Shipping charges are in addition to the base price of the instrument. Shipments to the US typically cost $300 US. Inquire about shipping charges to other destinations.



Warranty

All guitars come with a one-year limited warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. For details, please go to the warranty page. Maintenance instructions are included with each instrument.



Doubletop with cedar outer skin, spruce inner skin



Pricing summary

Standard model -- includes custom options and choice of woods as listed above, Sloane or Gotoh tuners, Hiscox case, 1-year warranty: $7,500.00 US dollars.

Deposit to place your name on the building list (deducted from total price): $500.00 USD. Deposit is non-refundable. Estimated waiting period (January, 2016): 6 to 8 months.

Shipping charges are in addition to the base price of the instrument. Shipments to the US typically cost $300. Inquire about shipping charges to other destinations.

All prices are given in US dollars. Payments may be by cash, money order, certified bank draft, wire transfer, or via Paypal. Add 3% for Paypal payments.

Note: All prices shown are correct as of January, 2016. Please write for a current pricelist.




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Classical Guitars by Fritz Mueller
Email: Fritz Mueller
www.classicalguitars.ca
Tel: 250-476-1172

Snailmail:
Fritz Mueller, luthier
7210 Tatlayoko Road
Tatlayoko Lake, British Columbia
Canada V0L 1W0

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